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Armed Conflict, Household Victimization, and Child Health in Cote d'Ivoire

48 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2012 Last revised: 17 Feb 2014

Camelia Minoiu

International Monetary Fund (IMF); University of Pennsylvania - Management Department; University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Financial Institutions Center

Olga Shemyakina

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics

Date Written: February 12, 2014

Abstract

We examine the causal impact of the 2002-2007 civil conflict in Côte d'Ivoire on children's health using household surveys collected before, during, and after the conflict, and information on the exact location and date of conflict events. Our identification strategy relies on exploiting both temporal and spatial variation across birth cohorts to measure children's exposure to the conflict. We find that children from regions more affected by the conflict suffered significant health setbacks compared with children from less affected regions. We further examine possible war impact mechanisms using rich survey data on households' experience of war. Our results suggest that conflict-related household victimization, and in particular economic losses, is an important channel through which armed conflict negatively impacts child health.

Keywords: human capital, child health, conflict, height-for-age, sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: I12, J13, O12

Suggested Citation

Minoiu, Camelia and Shemyakina, Olga, Armed Conflict, Household Victimization, and Child Health in Cote d'Ivoire (February 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1978334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1978334

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Olga Shemyakina

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

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